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  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Fired by Netanyahu in midst of Gaza campaign, rival aims to give voice to Likud’s hawks

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon did not seem bothered by the fallout from his rift in mid-July with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—a spat that ended with Netanyahu removing Danon as this country’s Deputy Minister of Defense.

    In fact, he seemed more relaxed...

  • Netanyahu fires deputy defense chief over criticism of Gaza campaign

    July 15, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed Danny Danon from his post as Israel’s deputy defense minister after Danon criticized the government’s handling of the Gaza operation.

    “At a time when the Government of Israel and the IDF are in the midst of a military campaign against the...

  • Likud’s Reuven Rivlin is elected president of Israel

    June 10, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.

    Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker...

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  • Reuven Rivlin, Israeli presidential front-runner, champions pluralism in politics but not Judaism

    June 2, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    The front-runner in Israel’s presidential election has equated Reform Judaism with “idol worship” and refused to refer to Reform rabbis by their title.

    Former Knesset speaker Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, considered a Likud party elder statesman, is one of six candidates running to...

  • As prisoner release fell through, Danon stood front and center

    By Jared Sichel

    March 28, 2014 | 11:41 am

    In recent months in Israel, one star in Israel’s ruling Likud Party has been making headlines for his outspoken demeanor and unapologetic one-liners.

    No, it’s not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    It’s one of Netanyahu’s main political rivals — Deputy Defense Minister Danny...

  • Settlement freeze letter equals tough math for Bibi

    February 25, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Sometimes, it seems like the political survival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all comes down to math. 

    In 2011, he subtracted eight coalition members to keep his government stable. In 2012, he added Yisrael Beiteinu’s 15 Knesset members to his Likud to win an...
  • Israeli ministers endorse legislation to annex part of West Bank

    December 30, 2013 | 10:13 am

    A panel of Israeli cabinet ministers endorsed proposed legislation on Sunday to annex an area of the West Bank likely to be the eastern border of a future Palestinian state.

    The move, pushed by far-right members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, could weigh on...

  • Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon: ‘Not very optimistic’ about peace talks

    By Jared Sichel

    August 3, 2013 | 4:30 pm

    Danny Danon, Israel’s deputy defense minister and a Likud Party leader, said in an interview in Los Angeles on Aug. 1 that he and most Israelis “are not very optimistic” about prospects for peace talks with the Palestinians:  “If you look at the last 20 years, we’ve had a lot of...

  • July 1, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 1, 2013 | 3:47 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry plans return to Middle East after visit yields no deal

    To Read: David Ignatius believes that President Obama has a terrible case of 'the slows' when it comes to implementing policies in the Middle East-

    Centuries of theatergoers have puzzled over the...

  • Bibi to Feiglin: Stay away from Temple Mount

    April 29, 2013 | 3:53 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Likud lawmaker Moshe Feiglin not to ascend the Temple Mount.

    In a post on his Facebook page Sunday night, Feiglin said that Israel Police Commander Moshe Bareket had called to inform him of Netanyahu's orders.

    The Wakf, the...

  • Reports: Netanyahu to present new government on Sunday

    March 15, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and potential coalition partners Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett successfully crossed the last hurdle in talks on forming a new government, which may be presented on Sunday, Israeli media reported. 

    The breakthrough in the talks, which...

  • ‘Rivals’? Certainly. A ‘Team’? That’s Yet to be Determined: Notes on a New Israeli Government

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2013 | 6:47 am

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    The "team of rivals" cliché is becoming common as writers around the world struggle to explain the new Israeli government, a coalition made of five parts: Likud (Netanyahu), Israel Beiteinu (Liberman), Yesh Atid (Lapid), Habait Hayehudi (Bennet), and Hatnua (Livni). The fact...

  • Netanyahu threatens to turn to Charedi Orthodox parties for coalition

    March 13, 2013 | 11:12 am

    The Likud party, citing what it called "excessive demands" from Yesh Atid, threatened to launch government coalition negotiations with the Charedi Orthodox parties.

    The impasse with the Yesh Atid party prevented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from introducing his new...

  • Following extension to form government, Netanyahu calls for parties to unite

    March 3, 2013 | 7:12 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israeli political parties to "come together and unite our forces," hours after being granted an extension to form a new government.

    He used the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons to illustrate why the country's politicians must...

  • Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government

    February 28, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government.

    Their meeting was scheduled for Saturday night at the end of Shabbat, which is the deadline for forming a government.

    Under law, Netanyahu can...

  • Netanyahu reaches first deal on new Israel government, political source says

    February 19, 2013 | 10:48 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his first step in forming a new government on Tuesday by reaching a coalition deal with former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a political source said.

    A draft copy of a five-page coalition deal, obtained by Reuters, said the centrist...

  • The Rosner-Fuchs Exchange, Part 4: On ‘Potential Labor Voters’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 19, 2013 | 10:01 am

    Professor Camil Fuchs, who has been a valuable contributor to Rosner's Domain for the past year, is a veteran Israeli statistician. He is a Professor of Statistics at Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as head of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, and...

  • The Rosner-Fuchs Exchange, Part 2: The Undecided Voters Eventually Voted for Change

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 12, 2013 | 7:33 am

    Professor Camil Fuchs, who has been a valuable contributor to Rosner's Domain for the past year, is a veteran Israeli statistician. He is a Professor of Statistics at Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as head of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, and...

  • Can Bibi’s wife Sara spoil Israel’s coalition?

    January 25, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    Forging a coalition is, without a doubt, the most difficult part of the election process in Israel.

    After a long, hard fought and often ugly election battle, it falls to the future prime minister to make deals with those who were, until recently, his nemesis all in order to...

  • Israeli voters force Netanyahu to seek centrist partner

    January 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Israel's next government must heed voters and devote itself to bread-and-butter issues, not thorny foreign policy problems such as Iran's nuclear plans and the Palestinian conflict, senior politicians said on Thursday.

    Israelis worried about housing, prices and taxes have...

  • Israeli vote may strengthen Obama’s hand with Netanyahu

    January 23, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    Get ready for The Barack and Bibi Show, Part Two.

    With crunch-time looming in the Iranian nuclear standoff and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict still smoldering, the fractious relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be tested...

  • Likud leads, but rise of Yesh Atid, Jewish Home bode bumpy road ahead for Netanyahu

    January 22, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    His party shrunk, his opponents grew and his challengers multiplied.

    But with the results in, it seems Benjamin Netanyahu survived the Knesset elections on Jan. 22 to serve another term as prime minister.

    Netanyahu faces a bumpy road ahead. His Likud party, together with the...

  • On Election Day, Israel’s undecided voters face moment of truth

    January 22, 2013 | 8:36 am

    Israelis are almost never shy about offering their opinions, especially when it comes to politics.

    The problem is that this year, many of them aren’t sure what their opinions are.

    As Election Day approached, a large proportion of voters – 15 percent – remained undecided,...

  • Israeli parliament set for record influx of Orthodox lawmakers

    January 17, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    With Israel's election days away, Orthodox Jews swayed in prayer at a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, delaying his entrance while politicians waited politely.

    The image captured a sea change in Israeli politics.

    Orthodox Jews have left niche parties...

  • Israeli left seeks to regain appeal with focus on economy

    January 16, 2013 | 8:31 am

    In decline since the peace it sought with the Palestinians unraveled into violence, Israel's Labor Party looks set to regain some lost ground in next week's election after waging an economy-focused campaign.

    Opinion polls forecast an easy victory for conservative Prime Minister...

  • Knesset elections: A reader’s guide

    January 14, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    Remember the second U.S. presidential debate in October, when the incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stood about six inches from each other, with one interrupting the other at every turn?

    Add about a dozen candidates, take away the formal rules of debate, switch to...

  • Netanyahu, right-wing coalition seen likely to prevail in Israeli elections

    January 14, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Uncertainty is an inherent condition of democratic politics, but one outcome is all but certain in next week’s Israeli elections: the right wing will win and the left wing will lose.

    Almost every party acknowledges that the merged Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu factions will take the...

  • The ongoing decline of Likud-Beiteinu

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    On the one hand, it isn't easy to imagine an all-but-ensured victorious prime minister who is unhappy: Why would Netanyahu be unhappy when his next term is safe and the next coalition is his to make? On the other hand, it isn't easy to imagine a leader of a party-in-decline for the...

  • The watershed political event of the 2013 Israeli election

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2013 | 8:24 am

    You already know that our exclusive Israel Poll Trends tracker is the best way to follow and understand Israel's crazy election season. But this week Prof. Camil Fuchs has made a special effort and is presenting us with a new trendline: the one chronicling the decline of Prime...

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